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Introduction

 
Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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  • kate robinson Profile

    How do you live with the fear of reoccurence?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Try not to go there. You have so much life ahead of you. Live each day to its fullest. Don't let cancer take away anymore of your life.

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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Dear Kate,
      Your faith hold on to it and don't claim it, if you beleive god got you through this and you know god spared you give the lord thanks. I told my husband I'm at peace because he spared me and people will bring you down so fast. I had horrible things said to me but I know they have...

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      Dear Kate,
      Your faith hold on to it and don't claim it, if you beleive god got you through this and you know god spared you give the lord thanks. I told my husband I'm at peace because he spared me and people will bring you down so fast. I had horrible things said to me but I know they have little faith, I told my husband if my cancer ever come back and I knew I was going to die with it that I had come to the understanding that was the way god was going to take me home.So live your day to the fullest and be happy because we are here for now and it is gods will not ours

      Comment
  • Mona Assadi Profile

    I'm 26 and I have been diagnosed with stage 2. Do I need a mastectomy??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or...

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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or brca2 positive, if there is more than one tumor, etc. Your doctor would be able to tell you if chemo first would be a good option for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to to help!

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    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I have had breast cancer twice. Both times I had genetic testing The results really helped in the decision process.

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    My breast has a lump and is very itchy, is this common? I have mammogram in 4 days and am VERY scared. If this is breast cancer, how soon will they be able to tell me and how long usually until they let me know if it is malignant or benign?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't know about the itchiness . After the mamo and sonogram, You might be scheduled for a biopsy. It may be another week or two before your biopsy. you should get the results in no more than a week. Hopefully, your sonogram results will be good, and you might not even need a biopsy

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      waiting period depends partly on what type of equipment (digital or conventional), and how busy the doctor is, who reads the mammogram

      with my first "questionable" mammogram, first the tech came back and took additional views, then they scooted me immediately down the hall for ultrasound, then...

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      waiting period depends partly on what type of equipment (digital or conventional), and how busy the doctor is, who reads the mammogram

      with my first "questionable" mammogram, first the tech came back and took additional views, then they scooted me immediately down the hall for ultrasound, then suggested I wait six months to see if anything developed (this was with the older style of mammo machine, and their waiting period for biopsy was more than a month) --- second time they had new digital system, did the mammo, came back for additional views on one side only; scheduled me for ultrasound a week later, then sent me for biopsy two weeks after that ..

      I'm hoping for you that given it's itching, that it is a cyst and not cancer ...

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  • Patricia D Farber Profile

    Where can I get a free mammogram?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 4 answers
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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a National Mammography Program that provides mammograms to women in need. You can find a list of hospitals with programs that assist those needing diagnostic services through our partner site at http://breastcan.cr/hPWowD.

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    • Kelly Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking...

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      It depends on your location. In Illinois we have the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program 888-522-1282. If not in Illinois you can try contacting your local health department or even try the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 and maybe they can direct you. Start by looking online for resources in your area.

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